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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 16, 2013 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Perhaps more than anything else, taking direct action is the "lowest common denominator" for the Grateful Dead. So, what's wrong with taking direct action in the predicament discussed below?

What does Neil Young think about the rising levels of the most important heat-trapping gas in our atmosphere, carbon dioxide? Four months ago it passed a long-feared milestone. Earth's average daily level of atmospheric CO2 has surpassed 400 parts per million. The best available evidence suggests the amount of this gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved. Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears, reported by Justin Gillis | NY Times | May 10, 2013

Neil Young addresses Farmers Union Conference in Washington D.C. on September 10, 2013
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When Neil Young speaks about the Alberta tar sands, hey says: “It’s like Hiroshima.”

As an environmentalist and a son of Canada, it was only a matter of time before Neil Young weighed in on the Alberta tar sands, the country’s largest and fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Addressing the U.S. National Farmers Union Conference in Washington, D.C., Young riffed on the planned talking points — alternative fuels — before redirecting attention to Fort McMurray, Alberta:

"The fact is, Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland. The Indians up there and the native peoples are dying. The fuels all over — the fumes everywhere — you can smell it when you get to town. The closest place to Fort McMurray that is doing the tar sands work is 25 to 30 miles out of town and you can taste it when you get to Fort McMurray. People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this.

All the First Nations people up there are threatened by this. Their food supply is wasted. Their treaties are no good. They have the right to live on the land, like they always did, but there’s no land left that they can live on. All the animals are dying. This is truly a disaster, and America is supporting this."
Neil Young's speech was 8:26 long. He gets right to the point. Neil's tar sands comments begin around the 6-minute mark in this YouTube clip. Will Obama and the U.S. State Department allow TransCanada to build the XL Keystone Pipeline? This is NOT about the U.S.A. "stopping its oil imports from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela." This IS about Alberta wanting cheap and easy access to our oil refineries and petrol export terminals on the Gulf of Mexico.

Join The Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at The White House
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Re: Jer on politics, environmental justice, and benefit shows

Grateful Dead's Rain Forest Benefit show was played on Sept 24, 1988 at Madison Square Garden
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(photo credit: image archives at Rhino GDP's dead-dot-net)

High Times INTERVIEW: JERRY GARCIA (1989)

In 1988, scientists predicted, at the rate of present destruction, all rainforests will be gone by the year 2050, just sixty years from today. Tropical rainforests are the richest, oldest, most productive, and most complex ecosystems on earth. While they comprise only two percent of the globe, they support an estimated five million plant, animal, and insect species, as well as many indigenous people who can survive nowhere else.

On Tuesday, September 13, 1988, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead, as well as Dr. Jason Clay, the director of Cultural Survival, Peter Bahouth, the Chairman of Greenpeace USA, and Randall Hayes, the Director of the Rainforest Action Network, sat down at the panel in conference room four of the United Nations and alerted the world's press to the horror of the vanishing rain forest. When asked why the Grateful Dead was getting into the act and helping to publicize the plight of the rainforest, Jerry Garcia answered in his own inimitable style, "It seems pathetic that it has to be us, with all the other citizens of the planet, and all the other resources out there, but since no one else is doing anything about it, we don't really have any choice."

HIGH TIMES hooked up with Jerry back at his hotel room and asked him to elaborate on his role in speaking out in defense of the rainforest a few days before the Dead's benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Below are a few excerpts...

Jer: Bob starts to talk me into it. The whole thing metamorphosed into finally getting the groups that were willing to work together -- which turned out to be Greenpeace, the Rainforest Coalition, and the Indigenous Peoples. These guys are all pretty far out on the fringe. You know Greenpeace -- they're the guys that go out there and nail themselves to a tree. That kind of direct action is what we're looking for. We want it to be as easy to understand as possible.

The rainforest problem seems so remote. It's like, there's no rainforest around here. Who's it bothering? It really is scary, because we started first hearing the bad news about this 20 years ago. They said, "We gotta do something about the rainforest. They're burning it down -- they're tearing it up even as we talk." Now, here it is 20 years later, and sure enough, the rainforests are almost all gone now. Fifty years -- they'll all be gone. That's it. Fifty years is not a long time anymore. That's in the life span of my kids.

High Times: You've made the statement that you think it's pretty pathetic that you're the ones who have to do it.

Jer: Yeah, it is. It's an alarming feeling. This is an earth problem -- the whole earth. And who's left talking about it? Us.

Come on! We're not the ones. We're not qualified to do it. But we're going to do it unless, or until, somebody else does. We're going to keep working on it. We're going to get as much support from as many people as we possibly can. We're committed to it, so if that's what it takes, that's what it takes. We're pretty serious about it.

High Times: Do you think people are getting more concerned? What have the reactions to what you've been doing been like?

Jer: People are amazed that this is still an issue. "Oh, really? Is that still happening?" They're also amazed to find out how close we are to the end of this -- we're not going to have this to talk about much longer. That's the scary part. The other part is that everybody feels remote and powerless -- it's something going on between those huge companies somewhere in Brazil and what can we do? It's so distant. So, after we've done this show, and followed this money to the work that it's supposed to accomplish, and come back and say, "Well look, we've raised a million dollars at this show. We accomplished this, this, and this; that, that, and that."

There is something you can do -- it's just a matter of just knocking them over one at a time. We've been advised now to focus on these areas. Each one will pull our focus a little tighter, so that we know a little more each time. This is something that has to be learned -- nobody knows it yet. So we're going in the spirit of an ongoing learning situation which will tell us how to deal with it. read the full High Times interview with Jer in 1989

more about the Grateful Dead's roots and their Greenpeace connection



This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2013-09-16 17:03:09

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Poster: naturalfractal Date: Sep 11, 2013 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Thanks for this, Monte (and all of the things you post, actually). I have never read the HT interview with Jerry before, good stuff. It's good to hear him talk passionately about the environment. Although it is disheartening sitting here 25 years later almost to the day and we are dealing with the same unsustainable, destructive practices on a global scale. The world's population has only gotten larger since then and is consuming larger and larger amounts of natural resources in an unsustainable way.

The global population has gotten too large to sustain itself for the long term without a dramatic change. Does it really have to get worse before it gets better? Reluctantly I think it will get worse before it gets better because there are far too many Corporations worldwide that make billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions of dollars directly raping the environment. Meanwhile, income inequality in the US is continuing to grow unabated 30+ years. Fewer and fewer get richer and richer while more and more of us don't get pay raises, have our benefits cut, or lose their job altogether. Who bares the true cost of global pollution/destruction? You do, I do, and our children's children will.

Thanks again Monte for the post bro!

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Poster: 970jbob@gmail.com Date: Sep 11, 2013 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Glad the arctic ice territory is the largest in decades, what with this global cooling?

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Poster: naturalfractal Date: Sep 11, 2013 2:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

I am I'm glad scientists have been carefully and faithfully studying the earth's dynamics for quite some time to gather all sorts of interesting information and new data. Their work is very important. I feel your out-of-context one-off blurb of marginal accuracy is a dishonest attempt to skew science to fit your worldview and, frankly, does not negate that fact that carbon dioxide has proven heat trapping properties and human beings have released more than 300 billion tons of it into the atmosphere since 1850. Last year we broke the global carbon emissions record high, again.

CO2, released into the atmosphere, is, and always will be, a greenhouse gas.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 15, 2013 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

> CO2, released into the atmosphere, is, and always will be, a greenhouse gas...

The greenhouse effect is a process by which thermal radiation from a planetary surface is absorbed by atmospheric greenhouse gases, and is re-radiated in all directions. Since part of this re-radiation is back towards the surface and the lower atmosphere, it results in an elevation of the average surface temperature above what it would be in the absence of the gases.

Today, the greenhouse effect is "on steroids" due to our increased CO2 emissions. The earth's climate is four percent wetter than it was just forty years ago. That's a huge and unsustainable increase!

Sure, we had many fewer hurricanes in the U.S. this year. So, where did all that atmospheric moisture go? Billions of gallons of it just wasted Colorado! Monsoons came early and hit hard in India, etc, etc, etc...

http://archive.org/details/colorado_flooding_13-sept-2013

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 16, 2013 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

This predicament is going to solve itself.........

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 16, 2013 9:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

According to Neil's world view and his talking points, Jerry's world view and his talking points, and my world view and my talking points, we should be taking direct action now and doing many things now to avoid the enormity of this predicament.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 16, 2013 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Lou Reed weighed in awhile back....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn6G_EWFMds

They say things are done for the majority
Dont believe half of what you see and none of what you hear
Its like what my painter friend donald said to me
Stick a fork in their ass and turn them over, they're done

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 16, 2013 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Problems have solutions, while predicaments only have outcomes.

What would you have us do that would have any real impact on the anthropogenic portion of climate change?

"Attention all third world and emerging countries, your attention please. Stop all generation of carbon based energy. Remain in the stone age.

Sincerely,

The First World.

PS - We really don't give a shit, but if we tell people we like polar bears they will keep voting for us."

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 17, 2013 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Well, Mando, weighing in from the third world here, it's true that the emissions, pollution, etc are horrible ... but the fact is that Western environmental consciousness absolutely does make an impact. Slowly, and on too few people, and it can look like a finger in the dyke. But unless the West keeps pressing in all of those ways that are easy to dismiss as too-little-too-late and holier-than-thou, things would be unbelievably worse.

The West has the money, and money talks, and when the big INGOs and aid donor countries come in and throw their weight (however imperfectly and hypocritically) behind "clean green fill-in-the-blank" campaigns, it may not stop the emissions and make everything hunky dory, but it's such a crucial counterweight to the other form of "money talks," which is the sheer greed of third world businesses, the corrupt laziness of the politicians, and the shrugging fatalism of ordinary people.

Nobody's going to "remain in the stone age." But unless there's a lot of pressure and voices from the West and educated local folks offering a counter perspective on modernity -- in other words, saying "modernity doesn't mean belching smoke and plastic, it means bicycling and green space and healthy lungs," which we all know is true if we've lived in the States where people benefit from that awareness every second of the day -- then the notion that "modernity" someone equates inevitably with concrete and pollution will win. And people and the planet will lose.

OK, end of rant ...

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 17, 2013 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

AR -

Two points which I fear have been lost.....

My original debate was whether or not the increase in CO2 ppm had any feedback function into global temperature increases. Just about all of the IPCC and GISS models concluded that once we exceeded 350 ppm CO2, we would see an accompanying temperature rise of around 3.1 degrees C. For the same time period predicted by the models, the observed temp increase was about .8 degrees C. My argument here is that we aren't seeing the temp increases predicted by the models as a function of CO2.

The second part to that discussion was the the question of the actual impact of the overal CO2 rise and what percentage of any rise could be causally attributed to anthropogenic carbon emission sources. We have lots of data stating that a large portion of the recent run up in CO2 has been post Industrial Revolution, but the data would indicate that the dire predictions of a temp increase have not come to pass. Yet - there are some theories out there about the oceans acting as huge heat sinks and absorbing some of the temp increase, but these are just getting going.

Perhaps I have a more jaded view of "Western environmental conciousness" than you do. Two sides of the same coin - it's just that green capitalism is slightly more palatable. I'm thinking degree(s) of separation here.

The Kyoto Accords are a feel good farce. Developed countries were allowed to swap emissions quotas with undeveloped countries to remain below binding target levels. Developed countries could finance emissions control initiatives in developing countries and allocate their actual emissions to another country to remain under thei respective binding limit. (Sounds like hedge fund trading on bundled mortgage backed securities the bank knew was going to fail to me.)

Undeveloped countries had no binding emissions targets and were actually allowed to grow relatively unchecked - "Under the Protocol, emissions of developing countries are allowed to grow in accordance with their development needs."

So what we have is "the West" and other developed countries coming up with creative accounting to essentially do nothing with their emissions, while passing them off to developing nations. In other words, developed countries will continue with business as usual, yet we will seek to impose our will on developing countries and mandate that they grow using as much green energy as possible. While casting a blind eye to the simple fact that is was only through unfettered consumption of readily available carbon based fuels that they were able to grow rapidly into "developed" nation status. Who are we (the developed world) to tell an emerging country how to do business?

I'm not trying to imply that modernity is "belching smoke and plastic". I just don't share your optimism that the West is as nobly motivated as you might.

Even so, I still can't get past the apparent fact that the impact of CO2 on global surface temps has been overstated. I tend to cast a suspicious eye towards anything that emerges as justification for further imposition of governmental control and regulatory oversight.

I don't mind your rants.....they're quite easy to engage on as I know the discussion is going to be at the very least mutually respectful (if somewhat heated - no pun intended.)

I should probably stop now too.....

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 18, 2013 5:53am
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Just one giant quibble here, as I came late to the discussion...not sure who is on which side, but looks like it's Monte, AR and Mando vs the Forum? Or is it Mando vs Monte? How do you guys get those cool graphs to embed? (Not really! Just kidding...don't want know...).

As one that actually wades thru reams of data on heat impacts, I can speak to the DATA at hand, and leave aside the MODELS (I assume you guys have been reading all those lay reports on the "failure of the models...", right? If I got that wrong, NONE of this will make sense...maybe not even if I do, eh?).

For those that haven't been keeping up, the MODELS that Monte and Mando allude to have indeed failed us, but that's the nature of MODELS...they make all sorts of simplifying assumptions and get the future somewhat right, or less so in this case (this does depend on the MODELS you select, however, I have a number at my fingertips that worked quite well, some going back to 1975).

Anyhoo, that's why empiricists like me always prefer DATA. Of course, harder to figure out cause and effect, etc., etc.; but the "truth" of it all is as simple as we are getting warmer, and there is no doubt about it...CO2 is known to contribute to this, MODELS aside (of course, is it 10% or 80%? Hard to know w certainty), but as Mando notes, it's easier to wimp and say the uncertainty leaves me cold (har, har, we only wish, right?), so I decide to do nothing (actually, we all know that's not true for MJ; he's single handedly helped with a HUGE plastics issue, right? Truly...acting locally, as we all should...).

In any case, anyone that sez the failure of the MODELS to precisely predict the future the past decade are being silly if they conclude that this means CO2 isn't involved (sorry if this is you, MJ; I scanned and assumed you were more of the "can't solve it...therefore frustrated" participant) or that we aren't warming (that arctic ice blather is so silly it's not rec'ing ONE bit of my attn.!) is just...just...well, you know...

It's the same as "I drove my car off a cliff...hit a projecting rock half way down and my speed slowed to zero; feeling good about the rest of my trip now"

;)

If anyone cares, there is not a SINGLE climate scientist that in any way, shape, or form that doesn't think that 1) we are getting warmer; 2) CO2 is involved; and 3) it's gonna get worse before it gets better because a lot of development causes CO2, and by defn many 3rd locales are "under developed"....

Whoops...you never would have understood any of this...

This post was modified by William Tell on 2013-09-18 12:53:23

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 16, 2013 10:18am
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So, you're refusing to do anything? Nobody, generally speaking, is saying, "Stop all petrol activity immediately, everywhere, forever."

You could start by not giving a shit so extremely. Not giving a shit is very unconvincing and unbecoming.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 16, 2013 10:34am
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First you could go back and note the placement of the quotation marks and not attribute something to me that I dind't say.

Then you could answer the original question instead of posing another question. You could frame your answer with an understanding that the majority of anthropogenic carbon emissions are coming from the emerging world. At least according to one side of the debate. But that's never stopped the home team from imposing its will has it?

I remain unconvinced that there is anything we can do that will have a measurable impact. Especially now that the dire straits previous model runs predicted are not coming to pass. In fact, the most recent HADCRUT data supports an apparent disconnect between surface temperature increases and carbon ppm increases.

Now, the emerging discussion of ocean heating may have legs, but the data is woefully scarce and the derivative climate modelling is in its infancy.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 16, 2013 11:09am
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Our predicament is very clear - direct action is required
co2_history.jpg

The basic physical property here is that warm air holds more water vapor than cold air. Today our Earth's atmosphere is about four percent wetter than it was 40 years ago. That's an enormous change in a basic physical parameter. It loads the dice in two distinct ways:

• Our Planet will experience increased drought and fires - as you’re getting increased evaporation.

• There will be deluge, downpours, and flooding.
Common sense says the 'sustainability factor' for seven billion people and all living creatures on our planet requires a secure climate for a secure existence. In the least, there are many things we could be doing to make this predicament "less worse". (that last sentence of mine does suck...)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 16, 2013 11:50am
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So why hasn't surface temperature increased along with CO2 ppm as predicted by all the cool kids with the cool models (bought and paid for by Beltway special interest groups)?

Those same models which people were using to justify an even more intrusive government presence (read "Carbon Tax")predicted a 3.1 degree C temp increase. The most recent HADCRUT data shows a 0.8 degree increase and the slope of the curve is declining.

Prove to me that CO2 is as bad as you say it is. Show me peer reviewed data that proves the temperature increases (that we didn't see) are 100% attributable to increased CO2 ppm.

Then prove to me the anthropogenic contribution to the CO2 increase.

Then prove to me that we have any right to tell emerging countries what to do (other than harvesting political capital and peddling influence).

Until then, I'll keep doing what I'm doing at my own level in the hope that it matters a whit.

But as we have seen over the past 6+ years, "Hope" has turned out to be a losing strategy.....


Note the change in slope of the temp anomaly curves....

HadCRUT4.png

I hate it when data doesn't support emotions and beliefs....

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/monitoring/climate/surface-temperature

I'm just being an ass now, so I'll stop.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Sep 16, 2013 4:01pm
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Perhaps Monte needs to call Neil Yuck or Jerry to ask how to respond to the points that you make. But I have to ask, who gives a shit what a celebrity thinks in the first place! Especially one who most likely has few brain cells remaining. Why does their opinion matter more than a scientist, for example Roy Spencer, who has done an amazing job analyzing the global warming, I mean climate change debate.

http://www.drroyspencer.com

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 17, 2013 7:14am
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You and Mando conveniently avoid discussing the other vital point, besides greenhouse gas pollution. What about the pollution and hazardous waste streams coming from the fossil fuel industry? I believe this is going to maim and / or kill us all eventually, with or without the deluge caused by global warming, unless we change our behavior.

Neil Young said, "The fact is, Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland. The Indians up there and the native peoples are dying. The fuels all over — the fumes everywhere — you can smell it when you get to town. The closest place to Fort McMurray that is doing the tar sands work is 25 to 30 miles out of town and you can taste it when you get to Fort McMurray. People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this. All the First Nations people up there are threatened by this. Their food supply is wasted. Their treaties are no good. They have the right to live on the land, like they always did, but there’s no land left that they can live on. All the animals are dying."

Here are a few of the many, many examples we have of the fossil fuel industry's haz-waste accidents, disasters, and nightmares:
- the 2013 Exxon Pipeline Rupture in Arkansas

- the 2010 BP oil spilll in the Gulf of Mexico

- the 2008 Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill in Tennessee
Today in Colorado, the petrol industry is fracking thousands and thousands of gas and oil wells. In Weld County alone there are over 20,000 fracked wells, many storage tanks, pipelines, etc. This 4-minute video clip shows flooded-out fracking sites in Weld County, Colorado two days ago. I have not seen or heard any reports in the media about this... not one word... Why not?

New Report shows the Top 50 polluters emit 75% of greenhouse gases

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 17, 2013 7:28am
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We're not avoiding anything. You brought up CO2 and I said so what? I presented objective information to counter your implied claim that CO2 was related to a global temperature increase.

then you changed the subject and cite Neil fucking Young as some type of material expert witness.

"Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima" Really Neil? Fort McMurray looks like it got hit with a 75 psi mach stem and overpressure wave? Fort McMurray looks like a 4 square mile area with 10 cal/cm2 heat deposition into EVERYTHING. Fort McMurray has 90,000 dead people laying around?

Shut the fuck up Neil.

Monte, dude, I love you like a brother, but stick to one topic.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 17, 2013 7:54am
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I tried to get this poop "on the record" because the News Media today is an utter failure. I felt like I was obligated to put this together since I made a good living working in The (news) Media for thirty years. I aplogize to all of you for failing so miserably. I don't even have a wife or any kids to worry about. I'll take my simple values, for a simple life, to my grave. Out.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Sep 17, 2013 7:46am
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What is the solution and how much money do you want to fix it?

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Poster: 970jbob@gmail.com Date: Sep 16, 2013 3:36am
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And now it's global COOLING! Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year

Almost a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than in 2012 BBC reported in 2007 global warming would leave Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013 Publication of UN climate change report suggesting global warming caused by humans pushed back to later this month

By DAVID ROSE

PUBLISHED: 18:37 EST, 7 September 2013 | UPDATED: 07:01 EST, 8 September 2013

A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 60 per cent. The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013. Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores.

The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year. More than 20 yachts that had planned to sail it have been left ice-bound and a cruise ship attempting the route was forced to turn back. Some eminent scientists now believe the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century – a process that would expose computer forecasts of imminent catastrophic warming as dangerously misleading. The disclosure comes 11 months after The Mail on Sunday triggered intense political and scientific debate by revealing that global warming has ‘paused’ since the beginning of 1997 – an event that the computer models used by climate experts failed to predict. In March, this newspaper further revealed that temperatures are about to drop below the level that the models forecast with ‘90 per cent certainty’. The pause – which has now been accepted as real by every major climate research centre –is important, because the models’ predictions of ever-increasing global temperatures have made many of the world’s economies divert billions of pounds into ‘green’ measures to counter climate change. Those predictions now appear gravely flawed.

THERE WON'T BE ANY ICE AT ALL! HOW THE BBC PREDICTED CHAOS IN 2007

Only six years ago, the BBC reported that the Arctic would be ice-free in summer by 2013, citing a scientist in the US who claimed this was a ‘conservative’ forecast. Perhaps it was their confidence that led more than 20 yachts to try to sail the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific this summer. As of last week, all these vessels were stuck in the ice, some at the eastern end of the passage in Prince Regent Inlet, others further west at Cape Bathurst. Shipping experts said the only way these vessels were likely to be freed was by the icebreakers of the Canadian coastguard. According to the official Canadian government website, the Northwest Passage has remained ice-bound and impassable all summer. The BBC’s 2007 report quoted scientist Professor Wieslaw Maslowski, who based his views on super-computer models and the fact that ‘we use a high-resolution regional model for the Arctic Ocean and sea ice’. He was confident his results were ‘much more realistic’ than other projections, which ‘underestimate the amount of heat delivered to the sea ice’. Also quoted was Cambridge University expert Professor Peter Wadhams. He backed Professor Maslowski, saying his model was ‘more efficient’ than others because it ‘takes account of processes that happen internally in the ice’. He added: ‘This is not a cycle; not just a fluctuation. In the end, it will all just melt away quite suddenly.’

The continuing furore caused by The Mail on Sunday’s revelations – which will now be amplified by the return of the Arctic ice sheet – has forced the UN’s climate change body to hold a crisis meeting. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was due in October to start publishing its Fifth Assessment Report – a huge three-volume study issued every six or seven years. It will now hold a pre-summit in Stockholm later this month. Leaked documents show that governments which support and finance the IPCC are demanding more than 1,500 changes to the report’s ‘summary for policymakers’. They say its current draft does not properly explain the pause. At the heart of the row lie two questions: the extent to which temperatures will rise with carbon dioxide levels, as well as how much of the warming over the past 150 years – so far, just 0.8C – is down to human greenhouse gas emissions and how much is due to natural variability.

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Poster: Reade Date: Sep 14, 2013 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

I gotta believe Jerry was as much an environmentalist as he was a tie designer and ice cream maker. He lent his name to things, which was fine. But Jerry Garcia Environmentalist? Nah.

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Poster: naturalfractal Date: Sep 14, 2013 12:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Right because Jerry just LOVED convening press conferences and giving interviews for causes he didn't actually give a shit about. That's why he did a lot of press conferences and interviews concerning his ties and ice cream? Wait...didn't he???

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Poster: Reade Date: Sep 14, 2013 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Jerry convened that '88 press conference? Of course not. He showed up for it. In the middle of an almost two week run at MSG he had an afternoon to kill. And did.
Overall, I'm quite sure he answered more questions about ties and ice cream over the years, if only to try to get folks to understand all he was doing on those fronts was lending his name. The rain forest thing kinda came and went with that Sept.'88 Garden run.

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Poster: naturalfractal Date: Sep 14, 2013 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Did you read the High Times interview Monte linked to? jw

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Poster: Reade Date: Sep 15, 2013 9:08am
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Yes. He was articulate, funny and engaging, demonstrating a keen awareness of the world around him. Just like he always did, more or less, in interviews.....

(The article was published in '89, but it states the interview itself took place the day of the press conference-in Sept.'88. I suspect that MSG run was the last time he spoke publicly about the issue.)


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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 15, 2013 11:15am
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Really?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_lSnwBddzg

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Poster: Reade Date: Sep 15, 2013 11:42am
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I stand corrected. Interesting video- a collection of all kinds of different stuff. I love his outfit he wore to speak to that city council or whatever the forum was. That shirt and shorts! I don't recall ever seeing him appear / speak in public without his glasses on.

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Poster: timewarpwiretap Date: Sep 18, 2013 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young (like Jer) speaks up for environmental justice yesterday!

Climate change is the norm. Cesium 137 is not. Two grams of it in gaseous form is enough to make central park uninhabitable for a couple hundred years. One gram has more atoms than all the grains of sand on the earth's beaches.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster dwarfs all other environmental crisis and should be at the very top of the environmental agenda.

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